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'Hidden village' on western edge of Baltimore

This is one in a series of occasional articles exploring neighborhoods in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Tucked away on Baltimore's west side is Franklintown, a neighborhood marked by its serene natural setting and an almost rural feel. The neighborhood of about 1,200 residents is on the ...

Under Armour signs deal with top NBA prospect Josh Jackson

Under Armour has signed top NBA draft prospect Josh Jackson to a multi-year partnership.  Jackson, who played for the University of Kansas for one season, is expected to be a top pick during tonight's NBA draft. "I am thrilled to officially be a part of team Under Armour as I start my ...

Live Casino hosts event to connect small firms to gambling industry

Live Casino & Hotel in Hanover teamed up with the American Gaming Association Thursday to promote business opportunities for small, minority-owned firms and highlight the industry's economic impact in Maryland. Association representatives are touring U.S. casinos to highlight gambling's impact...

McKeldin Square reopens with grass and trees in place of fountain

Thick grass, trees and terrace seating have replaced the brutalist-style fountain and blocks of concrete at McKeldin Square in downtown Baltimore.The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore unveiled on Thursday a $4 million makeover of the square at the corner of Pratt and Light streets. The ...

Baltimore businesses destroyed during riots sue city officials for failing to prevent violence

Dozens of Baltimore business owners are suing city officials, including the police department and former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, saying they mishandled the city's response to the rioting in 2015. In a nearly 700-page complaint filed in federal court this week, more than 60 plaintiffs say...

State considers rate increases on the health exchange as another insurer drops out

As U.S. Senate leaders prepare to unveil their plan to remake the Affordable Care Act over time, Maryland officials must press ahead with the system as it stands for hundreds of thousands of residents. The Maryland Insurance Administration held its first hearing Wednesday on the large rate ...

Caves Valley Partners acquires 5.2 acres in South Baltimore

Caves Valley Partners has acquired 5.2 acres in South Baltimore. The property, in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of S. Hanover St., contains space for commercial truck repair company Middleton & Meads and a vacant warehouse. Arsh Mirmiran, a partner at Caves Valley Partners, said the Towson firm is ...

New cyber program at UMBC will target international companies

A new international cybersecurity center at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will aim to bring international companies to the state and is expected to create at least 100 jobs in the coming years. The center, called iCyberCenter@bwtech, is a partnership between the university and the ...

Acting MTA chief: BaltimoreLink bus system launch went 'pretty smoothly'

Until the Maryland Transit Administration began planning its $135 million BaltimoreLink bus route overhaul that launched this week, state transit officials had neither ridden bus routes to create accurate schedules nor updated the routes after the installation of the light rail or metro ...

Keeping CEO job was 1 fight too many for Uber's Kalanick

Under Travis Kalanick's leadership, Uber's "Animal House"-style business plan was to grow as quickly as possible, steamrolling regulators while flouting the rules of workplace conduct. Behavior at the male-dominated company didn't seem to matter. Riders embraced the app-based ride-hailing system...

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns under investor pressure

Travis Kalanick, the combative and embattled CEO of ride-hailing giant Uber, has resigned under pressure from investors at a pivotal time for the company. Uber's board confirmed the move early Wednesday, saying in a statement that Kalanick is taking time to heal from the death of his mother in...

Boeing will test self-flying planes

Airplanes can already take off, cruise and land using onboard computers, but can they fly without the human touch? That's what the world's largest aircraft manufacturer will find out as Boeing begins testing autonomous flying technology in cockpit simulators this summer. "When I look at the ...

Amazon's bid for Whole Foods sparks speculation on what it might gobble up next

Amazon.com's surprise announcement last week that it would buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion sent rival grocery stocks plummeting. It also unleashed a flurry of speculation about the retail behemoth's next move. "Could GrubHub be Amazon's next big purchase?" asked the website ...

Consumer advocacy groups protest CareFirst rate increase proposal

More than three dozen organizations are calling on Maryland's insurance regulator to reject big rate increases proposed by the state's dominant carrier, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, for plans sold to individuals on the exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. CareFirst asked the Maryland...

ShopRite expands locally produced offerings

ShopRite is expanding its locally grown offerings to include farm-raised beef, seafood, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey and roasted coffees, the grocer said Tuesday. The retailer-owned cooperative, based in New Jersey, operates 10 Baltimore-area supermarkets. "More than...

Mouth Party Caramels will expand to Timonium

Mouth Party LLC, a Baltimore-based maker, retailer and wholesaler of caramels, is moving to larger quarters in Timonium. The company signed a lease for about 8,000 square feet at 1946 Greenspring Drive, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services said Tuesday. The space will house the company's ...

Baltimore County is 'wide open' territory for food trucks and entrepreneurs

Keva Andrews doesn't cook dinner for her family on Wednesdays anymore. For the last month, Andrews, a 45-year-old hospital billing specialist, has been buying dinner from one of the food trucks stationed around the perimeter of an Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. She starts at the...

Speculation grows that Amazon will face a rival bidder for Whole Foods

Amazon.com’s plan to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. sparked an avalanche of discussion about how the online retail giant could transform the U.S. grocery industry in the years ahead. But Amazon’s $13.7-billion deal might not be the last word on the merger itself. Wall Street signaled ...

Mall in Columbia changes include new retailers, restaurants

Amid ongoing cosmetic and walkway improvements at the Mall in Columbia, mall owner General Growth Properties will open several new retailers and restaurants within 100,000 square feet of leased space over the next year and a half. There are currently about 200 retailers and restaurants across the...

Walmart's answer to Aldi and Amazon: 'designer' cantaloupe

Offseason cantaloupes, Walmart executives say, "taste like a piece of wood." Which is why the retail giant set out to create a "designer" melon that tastes as sweet and flavorful in winter as it does in summer. The Sweet Spark, as it is called, has been in the works for two years and is up to 40%...

TSA, American Airline test 3D carry-on luggage scanner

A new luggage-scanning technology that increases security and speeds the screening lines may be on the way. A computed tomography scanner, also known as a CT scanner, can not only look through your luggage for bombs or weapons but can create a 3-D image of the contents to allow screeners to ...

Maryland firms showcase products at Paris Air Show, including new fighter jet, drone

Lockheed Martin demonstrated its F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet, Textron Systems introduced a next generation warfighting drone and Gov. Larry Hogan led a trade mission of eight smaller Maryland firms to the Paris Air Show, which started Monday. The week-long air show, which dates to 1909,...

Baltimore City Council passes deal on controversial Northern Parkway apartments

The Baltimore City Council agreed Monday to set terms for the construction of a 148-unit apartment building off Northern Parkway, a project bitterly opposed by some who live in the area.The complex, dubbed the Overlook at Roland Park, has pitted developer Jonathan Ehrenfeld and his Blue Ocean ...

Some bumps in the road for bus riders as BaltimoreLink hits city streets

BaltimoreLink, the Maryland Transit Administration's $135 million redesign of the region's bus system, received mixed reviews on its first weekday commute Monday. Some people balked at the confusing changes, while others welcomed them. Everyone enjoyed the free rides being offered for the ...

Instacart delivery service expands to Wegmans in Baltimore area

Instacart has expanded its online grocery service in Maryland to Wegmans Food Markets in Columbia, Hunt Valley, Owings Mills and Crofton, enabling home delivery in as little as an hour. Instacart launched in select Baltimore neighborhoods last April and expanded this year in March to areas such...

Dave & Busters will open at White Marsh Mall

Dave & Buster's will open at White Marsh Mall in December, mall owner General Growth Properties said Monday. The entertainment complex includes hundreds of arcade games, a restaurant and a sports bar. It will be the brand's fourth location in Maryland, in addition to Arundel Mills mall, Silver...

Maryland's first Steak 'n Shake on the auction block

Franchise owner defaulted on $3.2 million loan with a Florida bank, but still hopes to stop June 30 auction

Will Amazon change the food business — or will the food business change Amazon?

Leave it to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to shake up multiple industries with a single blockbuster press release. Friday’s announcement that Amazon is buying grocery retailer Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion in cash rattled grocery stocks, with Kroger, the owner of Ralphs and Food4Less, ...

TSA, American Airline test 3D luggage scanner

A new luggage-scanning technology that increases security and speeds the screening lines may be on the way. A computed tomography scanner, also known as a CT scanner, can not only look through your luggage for bombs or weapons but can create a 3-D image of the contents to allow screeners to ...

Five minutes with Matt Levinson, vice president of Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. funeral home

Matt Levinson's work life is filled with grief, and that's exactly what he signed up for. The 35-year-old Pikesville native recognized in high school, when he spent summers at the family funeral business, the gravity of the work and the pride in doing it well alongside his father, grandfather,...

Amazon buying Whole Foods in bold move into brick and mortar

In a stunning swoop that gives it hundreds of stores across the United States, Amazon is buying Whole Foods, creating a grocery behemoth that could revolutionize the way people shop for food and perhaps other goods. The $13,7 billion deal would unite the company that persuaded people to buy ...

Maryland's unemployment rate improved in May

Maryland's unemployment rate improved slightly last month, but the state lost jobs, signaling a potential shift in employers' willingness to hire. The number of jobs ticked down by 1,600, a 0.1 percent decrease, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. The jobless rate improved to 4.2 ...

Controversial Roland Park apartments head to City Council for vote

Plans for a 148-unit apartment building in North Roland Park are headed to the City Council Monday, despite ongoing protest from neighbors.The City Council will be voting on whether to approve Pikesville-based Blue Ocean Realty's planned unit development proposal for a six-story, 75-foot-tall ...